Good news - the robocalling scourge may not be unstoppable after all [telecom]

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Good news - the robocalling scourge may not be unstoppable after all  

| ArsTechnica

New data shows that the majority of robot-enabled scam phone calls
came from fewer than 40 call centers, a finding that offers hope the
growing menace of robocalls can be stopped.

The calls use computers and the Internet to dial thousands of phone
numbers every minute and promote fraudulent schemes that promise to
lower credit card interest rates, offer loans, and sell home security
products, to name just a few of the scams. Over the past decade,
robocall complaints have mushroomed, with the Federal Trade Commission
often receiving hundreds of thousands of complaints each month. In
2013, the consumer watchdog agency awarded $50,000 to three groups who
devised blocking systems that had the potential to help end the
scourge. Three years later, however, the robocall problem seems as
intractable as ever.

***** Moderator's Note *****

I was one of the people the FTC interviewed while trying to find a
solution. I told them that they were looking for a FUSSP.

Bill Horne

Re: Good news - the robocalling scourge may not be unstoppable after all [telecom]
On Friday, August 5, 2016 at 4:18:12 PM UTC-4, Monty Solomon wrote:

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A while ago there was discussion of this on this newsgroup and IIRC,
one of the solution to telephone solicitor abuse would've required
alternations to the network so as to prevent fraudulent calls from
entering it in the first place.  However, any software or hardware
modifications would have a cost and the carriers have zero interest
in spending any money for that.

Controls don't have much support in Congress, which allows loopholes
in the "do not call" laws big enough to drive a 747 through.  Indeed,
Congress considered opening up cell phones to sales calls, but  
fortunately that proposal was voted down.  It did have multiple
sponsors, though, and that in itself was disturbing.

Personally, I don't understand why the FTC, FCC and other  
government agencies haven't been more aggressive in going
after fraudulent callers.

(This writer has received numerous fraudulent phone calls from  
"Internal Revenue Services" threatening me with legal action;
something that was reported on national news.)

P.S.  I know a number of people with pay-as-you-go cell phones.
_Every_ incoming call costs them money.  Even cell phones get
unwanted calls these days, including fraud, despite it being
flat out illegal.

Re: Good news - the robocalling scourge may not be unstoppable after all [telecom]
Per HAncock4:
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Pennsylvania, at least, started out quite aggressively.

But as they moved offshore and started using multiple VOIP relays
(whatever *that* means....) they seem to have adopted a hands-off
posture.... so I am guessing the issue is budget dollars and that it
costs more to set honey traps and prosecute when money changes hands
than to just prosecute based on CallerID.

Pete Cresswell

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